1/35 Trumpeter M1131 Stryker FSV
This is my first attempt at building an armor vehicle, so please be merciful with me…and any suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated.
This build replicates my son’s M1131 Stryker FSV while he was assigned as a Fire Support Team (FIST) leader to the 2d Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, TX in 2014, just before they deployed to Afghanistan.
I began the build with Trumpeter’s beautiful M1131 kit. The build went smoothly and the parts fit was excellent in all cases. I followed the kit instructions except that I did not glue the wheels and tires on until the end so I could weather them.
Once the main chassis was built, I sprayed the whole vehicle with black Stynlrez primer. Next I used Mission Models NATO Green for the base color. This was the first time I have used their paints, and I had high hopes for the result. That said, I must have done something wrong because I had a lot of problems spraying the paint. Using my H&S Infinity CR Plus with a .15 needle, I had constant clogging and tip dry issues. I had done a complete teardown and ultrasonic cleaning of my airbrush before use. I sprayed straight from the bottle and did not thin the paint before use, per MM’s instructions on their website. I also used the pressure they recommended of 10-15 PSI. I don’t know what the issue was and I’m not knocking MM paints. I may have just had a bad “air” day. I normally use Vallejo Air acrylics and have had no problems.
Once the paint was dry, I used Archer dry transfer decals to make the bumper numbers of my son’s vehicle. I then weathered it with AK weathering pencils and a black oil pin wash to bring out details and try to give some tonal variation. Vallejo pigments were used to weather the lower hull, wheels, and tires. I didn’t go overboard with weathering because these vehicles were fairly new at the time and had just been issued to his unit. The only other aftermarket bits were Master Model Modern AFV Comm antenna sets for the two VHF antennas.
I hope you like it…
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